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you'll see hear the region, the light area to the north and east. and iraq to the south and west. we have this middle area, that is roughly. we know what the green line -- that is an area that is disputed. it disputed. the empire between the arab and kurdish people of iraq. they have fought off and on. they have lived at peace at tim times. in the agreement that the kurds signed in 1970. reclaiming over and again, this is the evidence for it. you can create a list of that evidence. >> to be a part of because of the president evens of oil and gas which started to be exploited, the issue has become difficult. >> the federal government controls other parts. the line that divides the kurdish and iraqi troupes. you have check points. we will move past the check points and you freely cross into territory. not necessarily the kurdistan region. the resources have grown and i've seen the un i lateral steps there are two dimension that's are twoing to play this year. the second dimension is a regional one. they do not want an independent kurdistan. they want it to be weak and stable. they
minutes. >> ariel sabar, are the jews in iraq? >> as of last count, there are all of eight. the new york times did a story last year saying there aren't even enough to hold a religious service. the remarkable thing is iraq used to have the largest jewish population in the middle east, 135,000 strong. now they are down to their last seven or eight. >> where were they? >> all over iraq. largest concentration was in baghdad. this was a striking figure what i can across it but after world war i or world war ii, 1 third of baghdad's population was jewish. much of the population lived around baghdad and this was the area we think of as babylon. there was another, far less known community of jews who lived up north in the mountain kurdish region. that is where my father family is from. >> your book is called "my father's paradise: a son's search for his jewish past in kurdish iraq". where exactly are your roots? what did your family do in kurdish iraq? >> my father grew up in a town which is five miles south of the turkish border. is very far north. the jews in iraq live pretty hard lives and h
we are pbs. >> rose: welcome to the broadcast, tonight we take a look at the future of iraq and the united states's mission there with alissa rubin and michael gordon both of the "new york times". and fred kagan of the american enterprise institute. >> one thing iran has done very well arguably better than the u.s. is it has had very strong ties to each of the political parties. it has, you will find the leaders of all the parties have visited iran. some of them have houses in tehran. there is a lot of links with the kurds, with obviously with the shiites, the iranians, most of them shiites and with the sunnis. so iran is a constant factor and in communication and very much on top of what is going on in iraq. will they influence it disproportionately is what we can't quite tell yet. >> in iraq after many long years of casualties and difficulties, there has been some success. and i think it's the goal now ought to be to consolidate that succeed ses and also to use what leverage we have to try to influence political developments in the right way and that involves arab issue bu
>>ose: welcome to the broadcast, tonight we take look at the futu of iraq and t united states mission ere with alissa rubin and micel gordon both of the "new york times". and fred kagan of the american enterpre institute. >> one thing iran has done very well guably better than t u.s. isit hasad ry strong ties to each o e politicalarties. it has, u will finthe leaders of all the parties have visited iran. somef them have housesin tehr. there is a lot of linksith the kurds, with obviously with the shiites, the iranians, most of them shiites and with the suns. so iran is aonstant factor and in communicatn and very much on top ofwhat is going on in iraq. wi they influencet' it disproportionatelys what we can quite tell yet. >> in iraq after many long years of casualts and difficulties, there has been some success. and i think it'sthe goal now ought to be to consolidatthat succeed ses and also to use what leverage we haveo try to influence polical developments in the rit way and that involves arab issue but alsonvolves weighi in if we think there are abuses onthe part of t iraqi go
of iraq, in turkey, iran, and syria. but in iran itself, there is a deep fault line that has existed really since the collapse of the ultimate empire between the arab and kurdish people of iraq. and they have fought off and on for almost a century. they have also lived at peace at times, reaching accords that eventually fell apart. since 1991 -- well, there was an autonomy agreement that the kurds signed with the regime, the baath regime, in 1970, and that came apart after five years. but after 1991, the kurds were able to reinvigorate their autonomous region and occupy the area that you see on the map, the white area. since then, it they have started to develop away from the shadow of the regime, in a way, and to bring some economic growth to the area, but for many years, until 2003, the kurts were very much restricted by the fact that their only excess was through neighboring states, turkey and iran, and these states had no interest in allowing the kurds to develop too far, because these countries opposed the emergence of the kurdish independent states in roque or even, more broadl
in northern iraq, while a string of blasts hit baghdad. the new wave of violence leaves some 50 dead. >>> the top american commander in afghanistan gives a gloomy accounting of the war after eight years saying the taliban have gained the upper hand. >>> preparing for the big one. japan's the most earthquake-prone country in the world. something that tokyo was reminded again today. tonight, a look at how that city is preparing for the worst. >>> and china rising. our signature story looks at how all across africa, china is increasing its influence and its image. is that a good thing or bad? >>> from the world's leading reporters and analysts, here is what's happening from around the world. this is "worldfocus." made possible, in part, by the following funders -- >>> good evening. i'm martin savidge. >>> we're going to begin tonight with iraq, where for months, the iraqi government and the u.s. have been sending the message that the security situation has steadily improved. american troops, 132,000 of them, are now in a support role. and in recent days the government has relaxed securi
iraq, while a sing of ne blasts hits baghdad. the new ve of violence leaves me 50 dead. >>> the p american commander in afghanistanives a gloomy acunting of the war afte eight years sang the taliban have gained the upr hand. >>preparing for the big one. japan is one othe most earthquake-pro country in the world. something kyo was reminded of over the weekend. toght, a look at how that city is prepang for the worst. >>> and china risi. our signature story looks how all across africa, china is increasing its infence and its image. is that go or bad? >>> from the wld's leading repoers and analysts, heres what's happening from around the rld. this is "worfocus." madepossible, in part, by th following funder-- >>> good evening i'm martin savidge. >>> we're going to begin tonht with iraq, where foronths, the iraqi government and the u.s have been sending the messag that t security situation has steadilymproved. americanroops, 132,000 of them, are now in a supportole. and in recendays the vernment has relaxed securit in baghdad. but on again today, there was violence. wave of it killing
? -- security forces in iraq -- candidate protect the country? we revisit the baltic states that joined hands for freedom 20 years ago. hello to you. it was outrageous, disgusting, said a white house spokesman. president obama said it was objectionable himself. libya mounted a warm welcome for the man convicted of the lockerbie bombing. terminally ill, abdelbaset ali al-megrahi was freed on compassionate grounds. the government is rejecting suggestions the real reason was to smooth commercial relations with libya. christian frazier reports from tripoli. >> this is certainly how libya wanted this trade -- but how much damage to this celebration of al-megrahi due to the relationship with the outside world? he was welcomed home like a decorated soldier. scottish plaids weighed in jubilation. today, the government kept us away from his family, but we did speak to his brother in law. >> we are saddened by the tragedy of lockerbie and the people who lost their children. but i assure you -- he is innocent. if you could see him now, you would realize it is impossible he could do it. >> that is not ho
forcing the border with iraq? any news on that? >> let me check. i do not think so. our position on that is similar, that we have been trying to get consular access, to get more confirmation. their families are very concerned about their welfare. >> is it that they are not giving any answers, or what? >> we have been able to get consular access to the first embassy, and i do not think we have got much information. >> in terms of them being harassed enough, is anyone in touch with you? people are being harassed in australia. >> in baghdad, they have had a crisis between iraq and syria. do you have any comments on that? >> this is something that happened today? i have not seen it. let's look into it. >> we have a report out of vienna saying that iran has not expanded the number of centrifuges it has in britain uranium. do you believe that is correct, that they have not increased the number of services? if so, dieppe any sense of why? >> there are a very deep-seated concerns about uranium enrichment activities. it is what the highest priorities of this administration that we -- is o
health care so early in his presidency might be politically risky. the pullout from iraq and others, he had insight that seemed particularly relevant in light of recent ooents. i won't give it all away, but as you're listening to this observer, note he knows about politics as well as diplomacy. he's been secretary of the state, secretary of the treasury and has run two campaigns to boot. also on gps today a new interview on china's scholar, where china is thinking about the debt it owns and how it's helping north korea. >>> the difference between fundamentalists and jihadists. who poses the real threat? it's a great show. let's get started. >>> and now james baker joins me from the baker institute of public policy at rice university in houston. welcome, secretary baker. >> thank you fareed it's a pleasure to be with you. >> president obama faces a unique set of challenges, a unique set of problems. what is your basic sense? how is he doing? there has been some criticism and controversy of feeling that he's facing greater hostility and challenges than perhaps peopl
is rarely enforced. security officials in iraq have been holding emergency meetings to review security. very much on their minds after wednesday's explosion that killed more than 100 people and injured hundreds. from baghdad, our correspondent. >> it was the worst violence baghdad had seen in months. it killed and injured hundreds. three days on, some are still believed to be trapped in the rubble of the foreign ministry. iraq and prime minister -- iraq's prime minister blamed it on al-qaeda and the former reds team of saddam hussein. there has been an apparent increase in violence as u.s. forces left iraqi cities in june. at despite that, general petraeus told the bbc he did not anticipate sending troops back into urban areas. >> the iraqi security forces are vastly more capable. very significant numbers of various types of special operations forces that can carry out the kinds of targets operations against what really are now much more terrorist elements, if you will, then large insurgent groups, given that many of the sunni era part of the population has sided with the new in iraq. >> at
of discouragement about what you were hearing out of afghanistan and iraq. more than 5,000 american troops have died in those two countries since troops were deployed to afghanistan in the fall of 2001 and iraq in the spring of 2003. and hundreds of billions of dollars have been spent but all these years later neither country tonight seems especially secure. we'll take you to afghanistan in a moment. there was more violence there today on the eve of national elections. but we begin tonight in iraq with a story that by now is familiar. once again today a series of bombings in baghdad killed dozens of iraqis. it was the worst incident. the latest violence in iraq, that's our "lead focus" tonight. itn's carl dinnen takes us there. >> reporter: this is the first big test of iraq's new security regime. two months arch u.s. forces centers, the insurgents have made a deadly attack on baghdad. one explosion was felt by a conference of tribal chiefs meeting at a supposedly secure hotel. this was the moment. as the dust and debris fell from the ceiling, some hurriedly left the room, others started defing reli
afghanistan and iraq. more tha5,000 american trps have die in those two countries nce troops were ployed to afghanistan in the fall of 2001 and iraq in e spring of 2003. and huneds of billions of dollars have been ent but all the years later neher country tonighseems especially secu. we'll take youo afanistan in a moment. there was more vience there day on t eve ofational elecons. buwe begin tonight in iraq with a story that by now is familiar. oncegain today a series of bombings in baghdad killed dons of iraqis. it was the worst incident. the latest violce in iraq, that's our "lead focus" tonight. n's carl dinnen takes us there. >> repter: this is the fir big test of iraq's new security regime. tw months arch u.s. forces centers, the insurgent have made a deadly aack onbaghdad. one exploon was felt b a nference of tribal chiefs meeting at a supposedly secur hotel. this was the moment. as the dust and debris fe from the ceiling some hurriedly left the room, others srted defing rigious slogans. the taret had been the nearby foreignministry. the blast was apparently s big it left crer thre
risky. and on international issues, the u.s. relationship with russia, the pull out from iraq, a number of others, he had fascinating insights that seem particularly relevant in light of recent events. i won't give it all away, but as you are listening to this shrewd political observer, remember he also knows as much about finances as he does about international affairs. also on gps today a new interview with a chinese scholar on what china is really thinking about all that american debt is owns and how it is helping the u.s. with north korea. >>> finally an encore of a fascinating discussion on radical islam, the difference between fundamentalist and jihadis. it's a great show so let's get started. >>> and now james baker joins me from the baker institute for public policy at rice university in houston. welcome, secretary baker. >> thank you, fareed. it's a pleasure to be with you. >> president obama faces a unique set of challenges and set of problems. what is your basic sense, how is he doing? there has been some criticism and controversy, a feeling that he's facing greater hostility
violent in some cases. and i deal with the israeli conflict, the lebanon war of 1975 to 1990 and the iran/iraq war as my case studies and what i try to show in the chapter that i devote to this is that the superpowers for reasons that, you know, may have seemed perfectly good in washington or in moscow, in fact, were using these conflicts as means to get at one another. in the case of arab/israeli conflict started in the 1960s. before that the united states and the soviet union were on the same day and 1948 both supported israel. 1976 both supported egypt. they were in conflict with one another but the conflict had not yet become polarized along cold war lines in the '40s and '50s. that is what is, in fact, happened. both sides were getting first-line weapons from their superpower patrons. the war of attrition, the war that was fought after the '67 was infinitely more destructive in terms of the sheer destructive power of the weaponry used. the 1973 war involved one of the largest tank battles in history, the largest tank battle since korsk and very, very extensive damage. my point here is tha
of afghanistan as the contrast to war in iraq and america has to win. he has the political capital to eare cyst his left flank urging to get out of afghanistan as if 911 never happened. >> should there be a new surge, iraq style in afghanistan? >> the question is surge to achieve what? we have to be realistic about the mission in afghanistan. anyone who has been to afghanistan as i have twice knows it's different country from civilization like iriraq. it's as poor as west africa. you can't talk about rebui rebuilding afghanistan. it's a building operation. i don't think we can terribly optimistic about the prospect for afghanistan becoming a modern democracy in the short run and by that the next couple of decades. what is the mission there? the mission is prevent afghanistan becoming safe haven for terrorists. that can be done without terribly large commitm of u.s. forces. >> you're in a very, very long haul. >> small number of forces. long haul but not a lot of troops there. >> i would like to talk about the politics of this. and take issue with one thing that bret said, which is that the pres
his main rival. and one of iraq's influential leaders has died in exile in tehran. >> hello. he was the best known as american politician ever to make it -- never to make it to the white house. senator kidney -- kidnapping -- center -- senator kennedy died after a yearlong battle with brain cancer. he fought for so many causes, and the tributes have flowed in from friend and foe alike. but his career was limited by self-inflicted wounds. adam brooks reports. >> the death of edward kennedy, known as ted, leads a chasm in american politics. hughes was one of the most effective politicians of the last century -- he was one of the most effective politicians of the last century. his father warned that he was the sort of person that would also always be caught. at the white house, the flag was lowered to half mast. the president, who owes much to ted kennedy, it characterized as a giant. >> he is one of the most accomplished americans ever to serve our democracy. his extraordinary life on this earth has come to an end. >> he was born in boston in 1922 -- 1932. the wealthy family was u
well in iraq. >> iraq, the question is still open, but in iraq, one major difference is that in fact, the shaikhs approached the united states. it wasn't that the united states said, hey, everybody who wants to be paid, we're look for people to help us. instead it was a move that rose up organically in the sunni areas and they said, we want u.s. help. will you help us? but biggest danger here and it's still an open question in iraq as well, is that if you don't have a strong national army that's not the set by militia kinds of identifications you may never have real security in the country that allows economic development to go forward. so i'm doubtful about the long-term consequences for the policy in iraq as well. it's not been in place for more than a year or two in iraq yet. >> kimberly marten, a lot of ground to cover. thank you very much for joining us and helping us. >> thank you, martin, my pleasure. >>> one other note about the election. we wanted to direct you to our website, worldfocus.org, where you can read the account of the u.s. marine who's helping train the afghan na
news. iraq, afghanistan, pakistan, congress and the future of defense spending and the review are among the topics we will discuss today with our four distinguished defense journalists. on our panel are rick mays, congressional editor of army times publishing company. ryan bener the pentagon reporter for the "boston globe." john barry the national security correspondent for news week and deputy chief editor. welcome to the show. let's start off with iraq. the security situation there was assumed to be improving and so u.s. forces could do an aggressive pullout and some suggested that schedule to be accelerated to be out of iraq by 2011. security situation there is a little bit rougher. brian, any chance that u.s. forces will stay there beyond 2011? >> i think there are clear signs in the last couple of weeks there are ethnic tensions, very strong ones still simmering just beneath the surface and growing concern that could come out into the open. certainly there are extremists that are trying to stoke those fires again. and certainly the u.s. military expresses concern that this could ge
. in those intervenning year when is iraq was occupying everybody's attention, i think afghanistan suffered, not just because there wasn't enough money there, there weren't enough troops there. ultmeatally people weren't paying enough attention to be able to correct course when things were going wrong. i think the best thing that has ham side not what the white paper says about a change in strategy tis actually there are a lot of people paying attention and that there are going to have their legacies riding on what happens here. >> yes, sir. >> taking you back to the election tomorrow, you mentioned in your comments, trends in afghanistan are heading in the wrong direction, whether on the security front or other areas. can you say to what extent and in what way if the election would contribute to turning the general trends around? >> i think that is to be determined. as alex laid out, we have a series of things that will happen inment next six weeks, some of of which we'll know tomorrow, some a week after that and some a week or two after that. this could go in one of three scenarios alex l
>>> tonight on "worldfocus" -- >>> in iraq, friday prayers turned deadly as bombs explode near five shiite mosques in baghdad killing more than two dozen worshipers. >>> china eases its one-child per family policy. tonight we look at why the most populist country in the world is suddenly worried how fast its population is aging. >>> in britain its court has ruled it is legal for a husband to kill its wife. tonight we look at the case that weighs life, death and love. >>> and from the studios that brought you such music legends, as the beatles, get ready for the next singing sensation, the pope. >>> from the world's leading reporters and analysts, here is what's happening from around the world. this is "worldfocus." made possible, in part, by the follow funders -- >>> good evening, i'm martin savidge. >>> for u.s. troops and iraqi civilians, this has been one of the least, that's right, least deadly months since the war in iraq began six years ago. in fact, a senior u.s. military officer has broken ranks with its superiors and president obama saying it's time for the united states to
speaker, he was the chairman of a commission in iraq and has published numerous articles and books on jurisprudence and islamic law and has edited several scholarly publications. khalid al-atiya has lived in egypt, lebanon, the u.k., and of course now in iraq. i did not introduce myself. i am a fellow. our moderator is familiar to everyone. without further ado, i will invite khalid al-atiya to take the microphone and to speak about iraq and the parliament in iraq. thank you. >> peace upon you from god. at first i would like to thank you for this beautiful introduction. and without a doubt, she is a very distinguished iraqi personality who has played a big role in the iraqi opposition. and represented iraq as the first ambassador after the fall of the previous regime in washington. and she is still connected -- very connected with her own country and aware of what is going on in iraq. i also would like to thank the united states institute for peace for their generous invitation to meet with people who are interested in the iraq matter. at first i would like to bring backed the -- or
? and terrorists coordinate a series of bombings in baghdad in the deadliest day of the year for iraq, and just one day ahead of afghanistan's elections, the taliban signals it will put up a fight of its own. all that plus the all-star panel, right here, right now. welcome to washington. i'm bret baier. president obama's push to speed healthcare reform through congress has hit plenty of speed bumps this summer. today, the white house was trying to regroup in some pretty fast company. senior white house correspondent major garrett reports one option on the table, going it alone. >> president obama celebrated all things nascar with last year's sprint cup champion, jimmie johnson, and even his aides say his healthcare package isn't stalled and can still be won. >> the discussion is not over. >> house minority whip eric cantor agrees the debate is not over but says the president is spinning his wheels. >> what i really see right now is a white house in chaos over healthcare. >> mr. obama's chief of staff, rahm emanuel, told "the new york times" today the republican leadership believes killing healthcar
for attitude on all sorts of issues from immigration to the iraq, afghanistan wars. >> host: mary is calling on the democrat line from washington. good morning, mary. >> hello. >> host: welcome, you are on the air. >> hi. i'd like to say i think obama, you know, is a lot more popular than what is getting out. i think the reason he was put into office was because he supported healthcare. i think it it is our biggest civil liberty we'll ever have because healthcare, if you don't have healthy workers, you don't have a good economy. if you have people that are putting everything they earn into paying healthcare and the policies being offered in the private sector really are lousy policies that people do not know until they are sick what they really have and at that point it's too late. the gentleman that called in about his wife and the liver transplant, there is a prime example. 500,000 dollars for something that cost $250. the reason it is that skewed is because the healthcare insurance industry has pushed these prices up really high to force people to have healthcare and that's not a fair sy
fatal another student all three said to be in their 20's. officials i said they entered iraq in turkey stayed in northern iraq for a couple of days and headed toward a resort area. that's where officials say the three americans went on a hike, got lost and wandered into american territory a fourth friend was supposed to be with them on that hike but stayed behind because he said he was sick. he says he got a call from the group just last week. they said they were in iran and surrounded by iranian troops. since then, only a few bits of information about what happened to the hikers. today, the u.s. secretary of state hillary clinton said the state department is going through diplomatic back channels but stopped short of accusing the iranians of any wrongdoing. >> obviously we are concerned. we want this matter brought to a resolution as soon as possible. help us determine the whereabouts of the whereabouts of the three missing missing americans and returned them as quickly as possible. >> secretary clinton not surprising over the relationship iran over the last 30 years. "the fox report"
by tribesmen in the desert of west central iraq. that is where they found the remains. >> every family wants to know and move on. >> we understand the family will be getting a classified briefing from the military either tomorrow or tuesday. the family put out a statement which read, "we will bringing him home." >>> after a stormy morning, the sun finally came out this evening. have we seen the last of the storms? we have the first check of our forecast. >> we have been monitoring storms in the weather center all that long. it looks like last othe s rme inshs g down thein psula p. nothing around the immediate lopressive rain totals. about.5he i 1ins nc hein virgin, and at george washington university, two-thirds of an inch. take a look at what we expect for the upcoming evening. we look for a gradual clearing, warm and humid conditions, and temperatures near 70 degrees. coming up we will look at extended outlook. we have a warming trend and a bit of a cool down. it will fill a lot like summer. >> will check back with you. >>> there will be a memorial outside the home on exelon street where h
the border from iraq straight into an international incident. >>> finally found, the remains of the first u.s. casualty of the persian gulf war have been recovered in iraq. michael scott speicher's family waited 18 years. >>> and extreme caution. amid signs of economic recovery. but the obama administration isn't saying the tax hikes are but the obama administration isn't saying the tax hikes are off the table. captions paid for by abc, inc. >>> good morning. thanks for being with us. i'm vinita nair. >> and i'm andrea canning filling in for jeremy hubbard. there are intense diplomatic efforts to learn more about the fate of three americans being held in iran. >>> they were captured after hiking in a dangerous region on the border between iraq and iran. abc's sonia gallego is in london with the latest. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. the families of the americans are still coming to terms with the news of their capture. and their arrest comes at a time of increased strain between iranian and the u.s. governments. the three, shane bauer from minnesota, a freelance journalist based i
iraq during a recent visit. he praised the security situation after seeing how the american troops are adapting to their non-combat role. we have this report from baghdad. >> robert gates came to iraq to hear firsthand how the 130,000 soldiers or adapting to their new, supporting role in the country. they are taking their cue from the iraqi commanders. they are shifting their focus from combat training. >> between now and the end of 2011, all u.s. troops are scheduled to depart iraq. we have a number of important milestones to achieve. that includes bear, and secure elections, and a national government, and continued drawdown of u.s. forces leading to a change of mission in august of 2010. >> august of 2010 is when the pentagon wants a complete stop to u.s. combat missions in iraq. robert gates hailed the progress being made towards a more secure existence since his first visit to the country. that was in 2006, at the height of the sectarian violence. it nearly tore the country apart. today, iraq is a very different place. but it is not peaceful yet. the reduction in violence has n
>>> the mystery surrounding a missing gulf war fighter pilot shot down in iraq in 1991 has been solved. how the military tracked down the remains of captain michael scott speicher. >>> a massachusetts couple discovers their baby boy posted for sale on a craigslist ad. how the scammer got his photo. >>> dozens of toledo cops who lost their jobs over budget cuts are returning to work. how the city plans to pay for it. >>> and back to school season may mean a resurgence of swine flu. hear what federal officials want to do to help keep it in check. >>> hi there, you're watching hln news and views, thanks for joining us. >>> the remains of the first american pilot shot down over iraq during the 1991 persian gulf war are finally back home. navy captain michael scott speicher disappeared when his plane went down over anbar province on the first night of the war. his remains have been recovered and positively identified. the discovery should end years of speculation that speicher survived and was held captive. according to the navy an iraqi civilian told u.s. forces early last month tha
the lives of his family by going on the record, and his life. he is running for prime minister of iraq. two of his relatives were murdered after he spoke out in july, but he will not be silenced. schick, thank you so much. welcome to the united states -- chic, welcome. -- sheik. is iraq going to be better off in the long run? because the united states went in in march 2003, or is this worse for iraq? >> i want to tell you one thing. the coalition and specifically the united states, they did a lot of things for iraq, but they do not have the right partner inside iraq to ensure the success of the united states. 20032004 -- they spent a lot of money, and to achieve a different situation, opportunities, and jobs, but there are some people that block what you're trying to do. >> who are those people? >> the alliance of our neighbor country. greta: meaning? >> in iran. greta iran. iran is really your enemy. >> yes. i think they have a very negative effect in the political process. they do not want to see any success in iraq. greta: and how is in iran doing that to iraq now? >> we have a lot of ir
have been found in iraq and they have positively identified him. we're covering this breaking story for you from all angles. we want to start from our pentagon correspondent who has been taking us through the story. on the phone with us this morning. and barbara, start here from the top. how did this come about after 18 years we now know what happened? >> well, t.j., this is just an extraordinary story. what the u.s. military tells us is in early july, an iraqi citizen in western iraq came to them and said there was a location that u.s. forces needed to go to and he believed that was the crash site and the place where scott spiker was buried. u.s. marines in the province went to the location, which was believed to be the crash site, the iraqi citizen told the u.s. he knew of two others who were called, seen an american jet hit the desert floor on the night of january 17th, 1991, and that veterans had buried the pilot of that plane in the desert. so the marines very quietly, no one knew this was going on over the last several days had gone to this site, dug up skeletal remains and bo
viewers. i'm john king. this is state of the union. >>> escalating violence in iraq, and despite a relatively smooth presidential election, an assessment from the top u.s. general in afghanistan, the situation there is deteriorating. we'll map out the challenges, discuss polls for more u.s. troops, michael mullen, and u.s. ambassador to afghanistan. >>> the president is off for a vineyard vacation. >> recent setbacks won't cut back his call for recent changes this year. >> my obligation to the american people says that we're going to get this done one way or another. >> we'll assess the policy and political hurdles in the senate with republican richard lugar and joe liberman and democrat joe harden. >>> and then our american dispatch from ft. riley, kansas, off to war again. the soldiers and families of the first infantry division take another turn in the army cycle of family strain. >>> this is the "state of the union" report for sunday, august 23rd. >>> karzai and his challenger are claiming victory, raising tensions even though it could be weeks or more before the official res
and not compete with the private sector. >>> some serious accusations from iraq's foreign minister in the wake of wednesday's devastating bombings in baghdad. he says it must have been an inside job. the government says several high-level security personnel have been detained. at least 100 people were killed in the string of attacks. more than 500 wounded. >> reporter: this is the massive crater left behind. it was an act that shocked iraq's foreign minister and many others, that a suicide truck bomber was able to travel through baghdad unstopped echlt says it must have taken months of planning and included collaboration from within iraq's own forces. >> according to our information that has been even a collaboration with some of the iraqi security officers and these murderers and killers. >>> wednesday was the country's deadliest day since the u.s. pulled combat troops from iraqi cities nearly two months ago and left security in the hands of iraqis. he thinks more serious attacks will likely occur. iraq's prime minister ordered tighter security in baghdad. >>> election monitors in afghanistan
with jeff key? he's a gay soldiers based in iraq. he had come out on national television after he left iraq. he writes a lot of plays about his experiences. he used to live in los angeles, now found love and lives in utah . so he's a contributor to the book. another one is "gehad for love." which is a movie about gays in islam. he talking about what it was like to travel the world and try to speak to gay muslims around the world get them to be on film and tell their stories. that's another chapter. after the editor of the gay magazine which in american the magazine means freedom. he has one in arabic and english. he recented started a gay islamic press. there are other men who have also written stories, many men who have lived in the middle east and muslim countries. there's a couple things that i want to point out in this book. as i'm speaking, and i've been using some of these terms as i talk. i'm painting some very broad definitions. i'm using muslim world. it's a very artificial term when i say "muslim world." we would never say i look this trip to the christian world. it was fabulous.
three americans seized by iran. who are they? what were they doing in northern iraq? >>> mystery solved. a pilot shot down on the first night of the first iraq war. 18 years later, his family gets word. >>> end of the road. the obama administration is no warning the popular cash for clunkers program lightly scrapped without some quick cash. >>> and felony franks. the new controversial hot dog stands staffed by ex-cons, giving them a second chance. they say the food's so good it's criminal. captions paid for by abc, inc. remain in custody in iran. they were hiking in a region the statdepartment has long warned as perilous, recommending against all but essential travel, saying iraq remains dangerous and unpredictable. tonight, those three americans are get a painful lesson in just how unpredictable. they're being held somewhere in iran. tonight, efforts to get word from iranian authorities are not going well. here's our senior foreign t correspondent jim sciutto. >> reporter: these are the three americans now prisoners in iran. shayne bauer from minnesota based in the middle east as a fr
it was feared he was maybe capture iraqi forces. last heard from while flying a combat mission over iraq in the gulf war. now, the defense department is confirming they have found and identified had his remains coming up. >>> and the latest on three american hikers detained in iraq accused of crossing the border illegally. what will happen to them and where are they? we will get answers in just a few minutes. >>> a showdown at the world swimming championships, michael phelps against the serbian swimmer who thought he had beaten him in the beijing olympic committees only to find out phelps touched the wall first in .01 of a second. we will show you the finish and get their reaction next. >>> also meet another swimmer also break records and winning gold after suddenly losing the use of her legs. we are going to meet her and hear her inspiring story in just a few minutes. >>> first, that breaking story this morning. the defense department has solved a mystery from the first gulf war. nbc's pentagon correspondent jim miklaszewski is here with the story. mick, good morning. >> reporter: good
are trying to confirm reports that three americans have been arrested after crossing into iran from iraq. but they have notified the families. also switzerland which represents u.s. diplomatic interests in iran to check on those americans. >> the whole story started on friday. the americans were hiking into iran from eastern iraq's kurdistan region. there were no signs. that's according also to iran state run media and kurdish officials. >> we have been following this story from baghdad. >> reporter: iranian press tv report that three americans have been detained for strange across the border for failing to heed border guard warnings. one has been identified. a fourth american who was traveling with the group is believed to be at the u.s. embassy. the four started out their journey in syria, traveling to turkey before they crossed into northern iraq on july 28th. on july 30th they arrived and on the morning of the 31st the three traveled to an area they are the iranian border. sean stayed behind because he was feeling ill. the three at the border were said to have been warned by local to
and how they will be different from the one army is buying for iraq and afghanistan. at the same time the army is continue to go rabidly introduce new soldier level equipment from small arms to body arm more and ground vehicles. here with me to discuss this is lieutenant steven speaks. general, welcome back to the show. >> it is an honor to be here. >> let's start with what was fcs. on the vehicles secretary gates had them stripped down because he was concerned that the smaller lighter more agile vehicle might not as well suited for an i.e.d. future. what kind of vehicles is the army leaning toward developing for the future? >> i'd like to focus on the importance of what he told us. he affirmed critical elements of our strategy. he said spin-outs were the way we ought to deal with the force and spin-outs for those, we're taking capabilities and giving them into formations before they go into combats. they train and deploy those capabilities. he said the network was important he wanted us to accelerate this new way to communicate and expand the number of brigades it will go do, get it
the lead. >> particularly for the commitment and eggs -- and afghanistan and iraq. that said, the positions of the two parties have not been hugely different. on both sides -- sides of the political divide, what you will see is a much greater degree of caution about taking on major overseas military commitments. that opinion is taking on major commitments for afghanistan and iraq at the same time, it has put enormous strain on the british armed forces. and then coming ahead, is the pressure is -- you see pressures on cuts in public spending. the public was to seek financing pact under control. the deficit has absolutely blown because of measures taken trying to end the recession >> in terms of foreign policy, are the policies of either party toward the united states different? >> not hugely, and note. -- not a huge lake, no. -- not hugely, no. that said, whichever party comes and, if the american states, looking for british support of major military operations, there would be a significant degree of more caution. >> william hague is the former leader of the conservative party. not david cam
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